Imagistory: wordless story books

Bring your child’s imagination to life with imagistory! A creative storytelling app that encourages anyone to be the storyteller, no matter what your age or language.

Designed for children aged 3 and up, the idea behind the app is simple, using wordless picture books it’s up to you and your child to use your imaginations to create a story with the pictures. The stories you create are recorded and saved so you can listen to them again later and share them with loved ones.

Imagistory provides an entirely new reading experience, not only is it very fun and easy to use, it’s also highly educational! Helping foster creativity, imagination and to develop language and early literacy skills.

The open nature of wordless picture books gives them a huge variety of potential uses, making them great tools for the class room too.

Kids have the wildest imaginations and are already natural storytellers, so help them discover this and unleash their storytelling potential.

This is a truly beautiful app which is a worthy addition to every family, pre-school and primary school device. Designed and developed in NZ this is a quality production with easy navigation and includes a parental guide to the use of wordless picture books for extending children’s vocabulary and imagination. I shared the first story with a class of six-year-olds and their teacher via Apple TV to a big screen. The children created their own dialogue for the story which we recorded and played back. The children loved hearing themselves. It’s quite a challenge making up a story and the guide with this app is very useful. The option to pause when recording enables teachers or parents to offer guidance without interfering with the children’s dialogue. Highly recommended by myself and Room 5.

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Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference

★ New York Times Top 10 Best Children’s Books on the iPad ★ 2011 MOBI Award Winner ★ Time.com Top 25 iPad Apps for Kids ★ Chosen as New and Noteworthy, What’s Hot, and Staff Favorites by Apple ★ Appy Award Finalist ★ 5 Stars from Appolicious ★ KinderTown 10 Top Apps Kids Will Beg to Play

LOVE DINOSAURS? Dig into more than 700 dinos with National Geographic’s interactive Dinopedia!

Based on the award-winning NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS ULTIMATE DINOPEDIA: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever, this app goes beyond any dinosaur encyclopedia you’ve ever seen. Just what makes this dino app so extreme? MORE THAN 700 DINOSAURS! ASTONISHING ARTWORK! THE LATEST DISCOVERIES! AMAZING INTERACTIVES AND VIDEO!
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia is the most complete, most beautiful, and most up-to-date look at the dinosaur world. It bursts with astonishing artwork. It amazes with fantastic facts. It captures the newest, coolest paleontology. Meet the smallest, largest, fastest, and slowest dinosaurs known. Find out the most famous dinosaur mistakes. Judge winners in the greatest dinosaur battles of all time, and discover much more!


Here comes the sun

Two free ebooks to download in PDF or Flash. These stories cover the topics of solar energy and energy efficiency and have been produced for classroom use.

These ebooks are a worthy addition to library resources if your LMS (eg Accessit) is capable of storing downloaded files and making them available via a catalogue record. Or simply add a link to the website to a catalogue record.

Welcome to Schoolgen, a programme developed by Genesis Energy to bring solar energy to life for children and schools across New Zealand.


Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure

Winner of the Practical Pre-School Bronze medal and shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book award. Join the courageous Sir Charlie Stinky Socks on his Really BIG Adventure. With his trusty grey mare and Envelope the cat, Sir Charlie and your child can explore the deep dark forest, hear the monstrous trees groan, terrible beasties moan and wiggly woos that cannot wait to tickle your toes… Sir Charlie doesn’t flinch when he meets the beasties, or the dragon, or the wily witch, but when he comes across the princess, he realises he’s met his match! Watch how your child immerses themselves in the trials of Sir Charlie and defies the drooling monsters and the fire breathing dragon to save the day.

I’ll be sharing this one with my review group tomorrow so more comment later – I loved it, especially the way the app self-navigates through the story. It’s beautifully read by Michael Maloney. Will be enjoyed by all ages (and their parents and teachers). Update: the 6-8 year olds loved the story, especially the name of the main character of course. Teachers chuckled and appreciated the wonderful narration (especially the wily witch). Enjoy this one.



London – Kids’ Factbook

Explore the sights of London in this interactive, animated fact book for children.

Stop by Buckingham Palace and say hello to the Queen of England, or explore the London Underground; you might be surprised by its tiny residents!

Listen to the narrator or read by yourself, from Big Ben to the Tower of London, learn lots of interesting facts that you never knew before.

This is a beautifully illustrated fact book that children will love to read over and over again.

Pages include:

Buckingham Palace
Westminster Abbey
Big Ben
London Transport
Tower Bridge
The Great Fire of London
Heathrow Airport
River Thames
London Underground
Houses of Parliament
Tower of London

A great little app to introduce children to London in time for the Olympic Games.  Requested today by the Year 3/4 students but there is plenty of information here for older children too – even teachers admitted to learning something new.


The Wrong Book

Yes! Join Nicholas Ickle in a fully interactive adaption of Nick Bland’s outrageous book “The Wrong Book”. Read by Australian comic legend Frank Woodley, journey with Nicholas as he tries to tell his story…but is interrupted by trumpeting elephants shooting peanuts, farting monsters, sneaky pirates, squeaky rats and plenty of other silly characters…that are all IN THE WRONG BOOK!

FEATURES
– Farting monsters!
– Choose to be read to, or record your own voice!
– Tilt, tap and swipe on every page to discover fun animations & sounds.
– Collect interactive items from the story around the edge of the book and fling them about!
– iPad 3 retina display ready

Well received by the 6-11 year olds I shared this with today. Having the print edition to show that this was a real book that has been cleverly adapted for iPad highlights the interactive features of the app. Great fun and brilliantly narrated by Frank Woodley. Thumbs up from my students today, even the big kids.



The Waterhole

Building on the great feedback we’ve received for our Animalia App for iPad and iPhone, we are excited to bring you the latest Graeme Base iPad App: ‘The Waterhole’.

The original book is an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book – an exhilarating journey of discovery from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the desert of outback Australia. Our App brings Graeme’s wonderful art to digital life with an animated read through and an array of games to challenge and delight kids and adults alike.

This is another delightful app that I’ll be sharing with my junior critics this week. I need their help as it is to get the frogs across the lily pads.

Here’s what they had to say about this app “you had to think and look for animals, colourful illustrations, music told us which country the animals live in, activities that made you think, variety of activities, the tone of the music changed as each animal was found.”